She selects “wool and flax and works with eager hands.” (Proverbs 31,13. NIV)
She is a business leader, politician, lawyer, teacher, doctor.
She is an artist.
She is a leader in her field.
She operates with integrity.
She is a respected wife.
She is a caring mother.
She is creative.
She offers wise counsel.
She is a brilliant academic.
She is compassionate.
She is innovative.
She is collaborative.
She is human.
She is made with an outstanding capacity for hard work, yet sometimes she is tired.
She is an emotional being who loves and cares deeply yet she can at times become numb.
She is capable of so much.
She is trying so hard.
She is overwhelmed.
She doesn’t feel noble, good or even plain acceptable.
She loses her confidence.
She is drowning in a sea of perfectionism.
Perhaps she was never meant to do it all?
What if the ‘noble wife’ of Proverbs 31 is less the ideal prototype and more a general description of women as we all know them, unique, one of a kind, loved by God, capable of greatness?
The key to a full and satisfying life is to live in the fear of the Lord. (Proverbs 31, 30. NIV)
She fears The Lord and looks to Him only for affirmation.
She fears The Lord and chooses selflessness.
She fears The Lord and accepts her limitations.
She fears The Lord and finds that life is a journey, not a prescription.
She fears The Lord and earns the respect of others.
She fears The Lord and her works bring her praise at the gates of the city (Proverbs 31,31).